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TV rights update

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by Berkeley_Eagle, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Berkeley_Eagle

    Berkeley_Eagle Current Status: 24/7 Manly Fan

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    The NRL TV rights battle is intensifying as the 2012 NRL season heats up.
    "I think you'll find that Channel Nine don't have to win the rights, they have to lose the rights," Triple M's Ray "Rabs" Warren said on Triple M's nightly sports program Rush Hour last night. Rabs was speaking of the rumoured billion dollar bid for broadcast that could eventuate for the NRL.
    "Channel Nine have the first and last rights as far as the current broadcast is confirmed," Triple M's Matty Johns explained on Triple M this morning.
    "Which basically means, if Channel Ten or Channel Seven want to offer $1.1 billion, the league has to go back to Channel Nine, and say here's the bid... can you beat that?" Johns said.
    "It's up to Seven or Ten to be much more proactive and aggressive in their bidding process, which they may do," Johns continued.
    "Don't forget Kerry Packer almost sent Channel Seven broke by driving the price of the AFL through the roof (and he backed that Kerry Stokes would be it). They did beat it but had to sell off things to Channel Ten," Johns concluded.
    "[NRL boss] David Gallop is well within his rights to go back and forwards... but at the end of the day Channel Nine have to say 'no thanks' for the other bid to win.
    On whether the renewed TV interest is better for the game, Triple M's own NRL legend Mark "MG" Geyer says "bloody oath it is."

    http://www.triplem.com.au/sydney/sport/nrl/news/blog/matty-johns--mark-geyer-who-will-win-tv-rights-for-nrl/20120404-g0fd.html
     
  2. Hamster Huey

    Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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    Nothing new there. The ARLC isn't rushing to accept any Ch9/Fox deal and have informed them that they will wait until the current 'first rights' exclusivity period for negotiation is over, prior to assessing other bids from 7 and 10 (and whoever else is interested).
     
  3. Jethro

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    Well I hope that in the next contract for whoever gets it, the NRL/ARLC do not put that "first and last rights" clause into the contract.
     
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    • MadMarcus

      MadMarcus Local Lunatic 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Does this all mean somebody will be giving Gallop the last rites?
       
    • Hamster Huey

      Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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      It's normally in there because the Buyer pays more for the privelige to hold those rights. I don't see it having a massive influence these days, if there is interest in the wider market to offset it, and the League imposes a strong, binding contract regarding coverage.
       
    • jbb/james

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      Just before The IC was knighted in, gallop gave 9/fox the last reply for another 10 or 15 years for no apparent reason, pretty sure, while he still had the power.
       
    • Jethro

      Jethro This space is for rent Staff Member Premium Member 2017 Tipping Competitor

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      Well that really sucks. That clause is right up there with player get out clauses in my opinion.
       
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      • strone33

        strone33 Well-Known Member

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        I just wish they would bloody hurry up!!!
         
      • Hamster Huey

        Hamster Huey Space Invader Premium Member

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        Not right. Only News Ltd has last reply on the basis of the compromise deal to move to an IC. Ch9 has nothing of the sort beyond the current deal.

        Again, the deal News Ltd has just means they can have the last say, which if the deal is already high, just means they won't be able to pay peanuts if a competitor is willing to fork out big money initially.
         
      • clontaago

        clontaago Well-Known Member

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        Absolutely, having the first and last right of reply gives no favours.

        It just means for example that if Channel 9 offer 1b, and 7 offer 1.2, Channel 9 must be given the right to match and/or better the offer.
         
      • DSM5

        DSM5 Well-Known Member

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        Then do the others have another chance to beat that?
         
      • clontaago

        clontaago Well-Known Member

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        Not sure.
         
      • JohnB_32

        JohnB_32 Active Member

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        Yeah they would have another chance to beat it.. It would keep going back and forth until one of the parties gave up, it really makes no difference except for the fact that Channel 9 can keep topping up their offer depending on what the other channels offer.
         
      • DSM5

        DSM5 Well-Known Member

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        Fine, if it's a true auction. Although I have little faith in Gallop to deliver a satisfactory outcome. Hopefully the IC will have some balls in this game.
         
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